British Blairites name-call left Labourites ‘morons’


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By Luke James in Britain:

Corbyn shoots down moans of zombie Blair

Thursday 23rd July 2015

LABOUR leadership frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn brushed-off criticism from blast-from-the-past Tony Blair yesterday, before setting out his vision of a “credible and just” economy.

Mr Blair was resurrected by his heirs on Labour’s right amid an ongoing panic over an opinion poll putting Mr Corbyn 17 points clear of closest rival Andy Burnham.

Speaking at a press event staged by the party’s Progress faction, he moaned that Mr Corbyn was the “Tory preference.”

The divisive ex-PM then claimed a lurch to the left represents “the theory that the electorate is stupid” — but admitted he would not want Labour to adopt a left platform “even if I thought it was the route to victory.”

Mr Corbyn was mobbed by broadcasters asking about the comments after making his speech in central London.

But he rose above the sideswipe from the right-wing relic, saying: “I would have thought he could manage something more serious than those very silly remarks.”

“Surely we should be talking about the situation facing Britain today, the situation facing many of the poorest people in this country today, and maybe think if our policies are relevant.”

Mr Blair’s comments came after an outburst by his former adviser John McTernan on Tuesday night.

Frustrated at Mr Corbyn’s poll lead, he called his supporters “morons” who should “be ashamed of themselves.”

Leeds East MP Richard Burgon told the BBC that Mr Blair’s comments showed that he was the “blast from the past.”

“This election isn’t about the 1980s,” he said. “Jeremy Corbyn’s campaign is connecting with a lot of young people because of the forward-looking policies.”

Edmonton MP Kate Osamor insisted that Mr Corbyn’s energetic leadership campaign would not be sidetracked by “haters.”

She told the Star: “We’re focused on the future and what a society that benefits everybody should look like.

“That’s what Jeremy is doing.”

And Mr Corbyn went on to defy critics yesterday by delivering an address about his economic alternative for the 2020 general election.

It included big spending proposals, such as a £10-an-hour minimum wage and a National Investment Bank tasked with reviving British industry and creating high-skilled jobs.

But it also came with detailed proposals about how public investment could be paid for.

Tax reliefs that rob the Treasury of £93 billion every year would be closed and more tax collectors would be hired to hunt down £120bn in uncollected tax.

Mr Corbyn said Labour face a choice between “whether to accept austerity or whether to break free of this straitjacket and strike out for a modern, rebalanced economy based on growth and high-quality jobs.”

His major speech came as more bookmakers slashed his odds on winning the Labour leadership.

Paddy Power became the fifth bookies to slash his odds to just 2/1 – having been as high as 200/1 when the race was sparked by Ed Miliband’s resignation in May.

The bookies make him second favourite behind Mr Burnham.

But a Times opinion poll yesterday predicted Mr Corbyn would beat Mr Burnham by six points — even after transfers from Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall.

Blairite candidate Ms Kendall is languishing on just 11 per cent support.

See also here.

THE anti-Corbyn candidates must be pretty desperate if they are prepared to allow ex-Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair to appear and give a speech supporting any candidate for the Labour leadership other than left-winger Jeremy Corbyn: here.

TONY BLAIR’S attack on Jeremy Corbyn backfired badly yesterday, unintentionally sparking a rush of support for the left candidate’s Labour leadership campaign. Mr Corbyn’s campaign team revealed that, in the hours after the former prime minister’s outburst, their fundraising efforts had soared past a £45,000 target: here.

It is a measure of the political disconnect of the Labour Party from working people that some considered it wise to wheel out Tony Blair to pontificate on his desired outcome for the party’s leadership campaign. He was stirred to action in order to vent his displeasure, following the publication of a poll of Labour members suggesting that Jeremy Corbyn was on course to win: here.

25 thoughts on “British Blairites name-call left Labourites ‘morons’

  1. Mr Blair was dealt a further blow when Lord Prescott, his straight-talking former deputy, offered him a few home truths.

    The loathed former premier claimed it would be a “disaster” for Labour if Mr Corbyn became the party leader, predicting it would lead to four consecutive election defeats.

    But Labour heavyweight “Prezza” suggested Mr Blair “should think about the reasons” why Labour lost four million votes during his decade in Downing Street.

    “Tony, on the doorstep, it was Iraq that stopped a lot of people voting for us,” he told the BBC.

    “If the party elects any one of these candidates, they have the authority to lead the party. I don’t think it would be a disaster.”

    Lord Prescott also launched a blistering counter-attack on Mr Blair’s suggestion that Corbyn supporters need to “get a heart transplant.”

    “I found that absolutely staggering,” he said. “To use that kind of language is just abuse. The Labour Party is about the heart as well as the head.”

    The Labour peer, who had urged MPs to ensure that Mr Corbyn got onto the ballot paper, also said he understood why support for the left candidate was surging.

    “I think they’re voting for one man who says he’s against austerity,” he said.

    Mr Corbyn’s popularity among Labour members was confirmed by a YouGov poll for the Times on Wednesday, which put him 17 points ahead of nearest rival Andy Burnham.

    He is also ahead of his rivals on nominations from constituency Labour parties.

    The latest figures show he has the support of 78 branches, compared to Mr Burnham on 73, Yvette Cooper on 64 and Liz Kendall on just 12.

    Ms Kendall is now under pressure to stand down and support Mr Burnham or Ms Cooper in a panicked bid to stop Mr Corbyn.

    The shadow health minister echoed Mr Blair’s misjudged attack on Mr Corbyn, saying for him to win would be a “disaster.”

    She added: “You never stop fighting for what you believe in. I will be fighting for what I believe in till the very end.”

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-5c7d-Blair-Fear-Project-Backfires#.VbHgXfk8rOp

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  3. The Labour Party leadership contest turned into a tale of two lords a-leaping yesterday.

    Lord Prescott deplored Tony Blair’s sneer that anyone inclined by their heart to support Jeremy Corbyn should “get a transplant.” The former deputy prime minister pointed out that his ex-master’s war in Iraq — which they both supported — was a major reason why Labour lost the 2010 general election.

    He could have added that there were other reasons too: notably the policies which enriched the wealthy and big business and enabled the Lib Dems to pose as a party of peace and social justice.

    Lord Mandelson also leapt into the fray yesterday, blaming Ed Miliband for Labour’s failure to win this year’s election and leaving the party with a “terrible legacy.” Yet it was under the leadership of Blair, Mandelson, Prescott and Gordon Brown that Labour steadily lost five million votes between 1997 and 2010.

    Under Miliband and his slight shimmy leftwards, Labour actually increased its share of the poll on May 7 and gained three-quarters of a million votes.

    Under Jeremy Corbyn, Labour would not only have the right policies for the people of Britain, but also ones that could inspire millions of voters to return to Labour — and enthuse many of the 15 million electors who didn’t vote at all on May 7.

    It speaks volumes about millionaire Tony Blair that he would rather Labour lose the 2020 election than win on such a left-wing manifesto.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-2938-Lords-a-leap-into-Labour-leader-fracas#.VbJxIvk8rOo

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